When President Obama attended the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia last November, the entire delegation required over 5,000 room nights at five different hotels over the course of the summit, costing $2.1 million. Transporting all those people around Brisbane was not cheap: the State Department just released details of a contract for transportation services that estimated the cost at $1,370,098.
Unlike some of these contract postings, this one did not include details on the number or types of vehicles required, but others in the past have included sedans, SUVs, vans, box trucks for cargo, and even buses. Cost comparisons are problematic since prices vary greatly from country to country and often drivers are included in the contracts, but a quick check of Washington, D.C. prices reveals that $1.37 million would, at retail prices, pay for a fleet of 100 Jeep Grand Cherokees for almost four months.
Although exact dates are not provided by the government, it's likely advance teams, security personnel, and various diplomats were in Brisbane for two or even three weeks around President Obama's visit. The president himself was only in the country for about a day, and, of course, the White House flies in vehicles used by the president on foreign trips. For instance, the Washington Postreported that for the Obamas' trip to Africa in 2013, the military flew in "56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks."
Remember back when the Democrats tried to sell Obamacare to a skeptical citizenry as health care “reform” that would cost “only” $848 billion—far less than a trillion—over a decade? Indeed, that was the alleged 10-year gross cost of Obamacare’s coverage provisions, according to the Congressional Budget Office (see Table 3), when Harry Reid, Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, Al Franken, Mark Udall, Jeanne Shaheen, Mark Begich, Mark Warner, and the rest of the Democrats rammed President Obama’s signature legislation through the Senate on Christmas Eve without a single Republican vote. That 12-digit price-tag was widely cited by the New York Times and other sympathetic outlets, who treated it as gospel, even as conservatives observed that it was clearly a sham number.
Democratic senator Chuck Schumer conceded that Obamacare is "part" of the reason health care costs are increasing:
"Our insurance department is empowered to protect families and we're going to watch them like a hawk to make sure they do," said Schumer. "Because if they don't, these rates could go through the roof."
A reporter asked Schumer, "Is it because of Obamacare?"
It was earlier noted that the Obama campaign paid a whopping $2.6 million on polling in the month of June alone. It turns out, the president's reelection campaign has spent $15 million on polling--this election cycle alone.
A local Manchester, N.H. newscast reports that Barack Obama's reelection campaign refused to pay $20,000 in public safety costs associated with the president's visit today:
In a fortunate turn of events for the Obama campaign, an anonymous "resident [has offered] to pick up up to $20,000 in local public safety expenses which is what this campaign stop is expected to cost," according to the local newscast.
Politico has released a piece that begins as follows: "Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and deficit, and instead stressing a promise to 'improve it.'" This is a truly remarkable sentence.